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The Black Bears kick off the 130th Maine Football season



Orono, Maine — Maine begins its 130th football season and first under new head coach’s tenure jordan stevenson Saturday, September 3 when the Black Bears travel for their first meeting with New Mexico at 8 pm ET/6 pm MT.

Saturday’s game will air live on My50 TV in the Albuquerque region and will air nationally on the Mountain West Network. The game can also be heard worldwide on the Black Bear Sports Network and locally in Maine at 103.9 FM, 101.3 FM, 95.1 FM, 100.5 FM, 1450 AM, 1310 AM.

The contest will mark the farthest the Black Bears have traveled in a regular-season game (2,458 miles) since meeting Hawai’i in 1990 (5,147). Maine is 63-59-5 all-time in its season opener. The Black Bears will be looking for their first season-opening win on the road since defeating Norfolk State in 2013. This marks the first time Maine has opened its season on a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent since a 24-game loss. -21 at UConn in 2016.









University of Maine (0-0, 0-0 CAA) at New Mexico (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West)
Date and Time Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. MT
Event University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Clock TV: My50 TV | Webcast: Red Mountain West
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game notes Maine | New Mexico
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  • Maine will be looking for its fifth win against an FBS opponent in school history. This will be the 28th time Maine has faced an FBS show. The Black Bears have three wins against FBS opponents; a 35-10 win last season at UMass (2021); a 31-28 win against Western Kentucky in 2018, a 24-14 win over UMass in 2013 and a 9-7 win at Mississippi State in 2004. Maine is 4-23 all-time against top-tier programs. FBS.
  • first year coach jordan stevens (Maine ’10) faces New Mexico in his first action as head coach of his alma mater. Maine returns with 14 starters (8 Off/7 Def) including quarterback jose fagnanomain corridor freddy brock (720 yards / 7 TDs), All-CAA tight end shawn archerand All-CAA Center miguel gerace. Maine also welcomes back four of its top six tacklers from a year ago, including the return leader. Adrian Otero (63 pounds). Fagnano enters the season ranked 11th on Maine’s all-time passing yards list (3,424) and has been extremely efficient with just six interceptions in 408 career attempts by him.
  • The Lobos, voted sixth in the six-team Mountain West Mountain Division preseason poll, enter the season following a 3-9, 1-7 campaign in Mountain West action. Led by third-year head coach Danny Gonzalez, an alumnus from New Mexico, New Mexico looks to turn things around after finishing last in FBS in yards per game (235) in 2021 averaging just 12.2 points. The Wolves will start with Kansas transfer Miles Kendrick at quarterback. On defense, the Lobos allowed 28.4 points per game. The Wolves lost each of their top three running backs from a year ago along with starting quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. but returned top receiver Luke Wysong. On defense, the Wolves welcome top tackler Jerrick Reed II (89).
  • The Black Bears return with three starters on an offensive line that ranked 3rd in the CAA and 22nd in the entire FCS after allowing just 1.36 sacks per game. Since 2015, no CAA team has allowed fewer sacks than Maine. The Black Bears led the CAA and ranked third in the nation a year ago with just nine turnovers lost on the season.















tale of the tape
Maine (CAA range) Category New Mexico (MW range)
25.0 (4) Points 12.2 (12)
337.9 (8) total offense 234.9 (12)
128.3 (7) Rushing Yards 120.8 (8)
209.6 (5) passing yards 114.1 (11)
13/18 Rushing TDs/Passing TDs 5/10
29:33 (10) offensive time of possession 29:51 (6)
27.0 (10) points allowed 28.4 (10)
386.9 (11) Total Defense 363.1 (4)
161.4 (10) Running Yards Allowed 143.2 (5)
225.5 (9) Passing Yards Allowed 219.8 (5)
14/22 Rushing/passing touchdowns allowed 17/19
27.4 (5) 3rd-down conversions 25.4 (12)
36.0 (7) 3rd-down conversion defense 38.6 (6)

A victory in Maine would be…

… It will be Maine’s fifth victory over an FBS opponent.
… Give Maine wins against FBS opponents in consecutive years for the first time in school history.
… To be Maine’s first season-opening win since 2019.
… Be Maine’s first season-opening road win since 2014 (at Norfolk St.).
… It will be Coach Stevens’ first win as head coach.
… To be Maine’s first win over a Mountain West opponent.

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